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Court Cases

Singapore freight forwarder company not liable for trade mark infringement by taking consignments of counterfeit goods, Court of Appeal rules

The Court of Appeal had dismissed two appeals by luxury brands Burberry and Louis Vuitton, against the decision of Justice George Wei in the High Court, holding Singapore freight forwarder Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd not liable for trade mark infringement in respect of two sealed containers containing counterfeit goods bearing the formers’ brand’s signs. In March 2013, the two containers …

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Gay Adoption and Judicial Decision Making, Singapore Style

by Remy Choo Zheng Xi, Peter Low & Choo LLC UKM vs Attorney-General, the recent “gay adoption” case, is a study in difficult judicial decision making, Singapore style. In summary, a three Judge bench of the Singapore High Court allowed a Singaporean gay father’s appeal to adopt his biological son conceived of a surrogate mother. The judgment was written by …

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Baby’s death “could have been avoided” if domestic helper’s welfare was “taken care of”: Jolovan Wham

The tragic death of one-year-old Richelle Teo Yan Jia two years ago could have been prevented had her parents cared for the welfare of their domestic helper, said labour rights activist Jolovan Wham. Mr Wham highlighted in his Facebook post on Thursday (22 Nov) that the domestic helper, identified as Maryani Usman Utar, was subjected to “18-hour” working days “throughout …

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WP chair and AHTC town councillor Sylvia Lim accused of lying about reasons behind having to upscale town council’s software

Workers’ Party (WP) chairperson Sylvia Lim was accused by Senior Counsel Davinder Singh of misleading her fellow town councillors, the Parliament, the court, and the public in her justification behind having to upscale the town council management software used by the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) as a result of Action Information Management (AIM)’s termination of the system it provided. Throughout …

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Allegations regarding absence of signatures and documentation on certain invoices scrutinised by PRPTC

The court’s attention was shifted to the allegations brought upon by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) surrounding several invoices as the controversial trial involving three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) entered its fifth day on Thursday (11 Oct). In a cross-examination between Senior Counsel Chelva Retnam Rajah — who represents the three WP MPs, namely former secretary-general Low …

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KPMG comparison between CPG and FMSS regarding costs incurred by AHTC “inaccurate” and ‘highly speculative”: Defence

Taking over from Senior Counsel Chelva Retnam Rajah, Mr Leslie Netto – representing Ms How and FMSS – argued that some of the calculations cited in the KPMG report in relation to the price difference between CPG and FMSS’ managing agent fees in his cross-examination of Mr Hawkes on Wednesday (10 Oct). AHTC’s appointment of FMSS as the managing agent …

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Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party’s John Tan convicted under new contempt of court laws over Facebook posts allegedly “scandalising the judiciary”

Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP)’s John Tan Liang Joo became the first individuals to be convicted under new laws governing instances of contempt of court in Singapore, particularly the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act 2016, which came into effect on 1 Oct last year. In deciding that Mr Wham and Mr Tan were guilty of contempt …

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